September 2014
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The Michigan Humanities Council offers an array of programming opportunities for schools, libraries, museums, religious organizations and more. Each year we challenge thousands of students to take the stage in poetry recitation; we tackle current issues through literature in the Great Michigan Read; and coordinate the travel of a Smithsonian exhibition to some of our smallest communities. These are just a few opportunities we have available across the state. To learn more, visit


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Discover Student Passion in Poetry

Teachers – are you looking for a fun way to incorporate poetry and public speaking in your curriculum? Join us for the 2014-15 Poetry Out Loud program. This is a free, national poetry recitation program for high school students. By encouraging youth to learn about poetry through memorization and performance, students can master public speaking skills and build self-confidence. Each school holds its own recitation competition, sending its top student to the state competition for a chance to win cash awards. Michigan's state champion then competes at the national level for an opportunity to win a major college scholarship. Registration is now open – sign up today to receive your free materials and get started.

Celebrate with us – MHC's 40th Birthday

Thanks to our supporters around the state, MHC is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and you're invited to join the fun. We will host a celebratory reception on Oct. 16 in Grand Rapids featuring current and former board members, and the debut of a new video. The event will be held at Grand Valley State University – Pew Campus on Oct. 16 from 4:45-6:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact Amanda West at or 517.372.7770 for additional details.

Stair and Adrian Prime Time

Prime Time Seeks New Library Partners

Is your local library looking for new family programming? We are now accepting applications to host Prime Time Family Reading Time®, a six-week program of family reading and discussion. The program features award-winning children's literature, read by a trained storyteller. It is complemented by group discussion on the themes of the books, facilitated by a trained scholar. For all new sites, a grant is provided to cover the majority of program expenses. To learn more or to apply, visit the website here. With questions, contact James Nelson at or 517.372.7770.


Arts & Humanities Touring Grant Award

Timeline for Arts & Humanities Touring Grant Awards

Following an upgrade to our online granting system, the Arts & Humanities Touring Grants will open in early November. An exact date, once determined, will be posted on our website. The events awarded in this cycle must occur between Dec. 1, 2014 and August 2015. The Touring Grants are used in communities around the state and help offset the cost of bringing in high-quality performers, storytellers, exhibits and more. If you have any questions on this new timeline, please contact Karen Rhodes at or 517.372.7770.

The MHC has two new additions to recognize – Rachel Condie has joined our staff as the new Administrative Assistant after Karen Rhodes transitioned into the Grants & IT Manager position. Rachel most recently worked for the Toledo Opera Association. On our Board of Directors, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Miranda Krajniak of Grand Rapids to fill a gubernatorial vacancy. Miranda is currently the executive director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Kerrytown BookFest
Sept. 7 in Ann Arbor
Region: Southeast

Liberation Film Series: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist

Sept. 13 in Detroit
Region: Southeast

Library Colloquia Series with Jonathan A.C. Brown

Sept. 18 in East Lansing
Region: Southeast


Willpower: An Original Play
Sept. 18-19 in Marquette
Region: Upper Peninsula

Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through Sept. 26 in Rogers City
Region: Northeast

Descrechaska: Here is Everything

Permanent display in Wyandotte
Region: Southeast

From Forest to Fruit Belt
Permanent display in Coloma
Region: Southwest

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